Going downhill with gravity is a lifestyle…
Much more than going downhill over and over, Gravity Sports bring friends together. I’ve known many of these gravity powered people for years. It is a bond unlike any other. Each event brings us closer and leaving gets harder with every gathering.
What amazes me most is the dedication these folks have to the sport. Marc Dean, Brian and Travis Davenport, Mike Girard, the course workers, the drivers, Colin the IDF official… they are all about the sport. They are AWESOME… I thank them for what they do and I appreciate their efforts to keep us going downhill safely and efficiently. Again THANK YOU!
Gravity never fails and neither does my love for the sport… Meet you at the bottom.
Street Luging on Burke Mountain can be treacherous
Yeah, there were only 10 competitors street luging, however, that didn’t mean the competition wasn’t intense. Since this was a World Cup event, the racing was key for the top riders. The winning ‘luger, Mikel Echegaray Diez, was in top form and knocked David Dean back to second place. The track is covered with frost heaves increasing the risk, requiring more skills and larger testicles. Burke is definitely a unique and memorable hill.
Burke downhill skateboard invasion. So… many… skaters.
If only street luge had half as many lugers as skaters that showed up on Burke. Props to local boy Norm Plante for pulling off an impressive 4th place against some incredible racers. He made it look easy. If you were on the hill skating, you’re probably in this gallery. Thanks to Andrea, my photographer, pit crew and biggest fan for snapping most of these. She is awesome.
There is another downhill skating event at Burke Mountain coming this August from Mike Girard’s organization: Emgee Events. This time it’s a freeride without the pressure and missed runs because of actual racing. If any of you skaters missed the action, here’s your chance to mob the hill. You can learn more at: Burke Mountain Freeride.
Racing returns to the fastest track on the East Coast: Killington. With skaters topping at 65 mph and ‘lugers hitting 75 mph, this course is not for the faint of heart.
For the first time EVER, I was riding a street luge that was NOT my own creation. Yepper, my Rogers Bros street luge really wanted to GO but I was nervous. I wasn’t up for hitting the hay at high speed so I used my brakes a bit more than I should have. Watch as every street luger passes my dragging ass…
I got to go REALLY fast, met some new racers, watched Tim Koch beat Chris Hicks and enjoyed some fine camping in Vermont. I’d say it was a successful weekend. Time to head back up for part 2 at Burke. Follow me downhill.
Here are some pictures from this year’s Killington Downhill Throwdown. This is the fastest downhill track for drift trike, skateboard and street luge currently on the East Coast.
…click on any picture for a closer look…